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Usain Bolt

I'm The Greatest Athlete

WHO EVER LIVED!

8/9/2012 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0809_usain_bolt_gold_gettyUsain Bolt is the GREATEST athlete in the history of all mankind ... so says Usain Bolt ... who just CRUSHED everyone in the 200 meter final.

*Sidenote -- don't bitch about the "spoiler" ... it happened ... get over it.*

Anyway, moments after he captured gold, Usain modestly touched on his accomplishments ... reportedly telling the media:

"I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live."

Bolt also gave the ol' tip of the hat to American sprinting legend Michael Johnson ... adding, "I am in the same category as Michael Johnson. I'm honored. It's all about Michael Johnson for me."

So ... greatest athlete ever? Better than Ali? Better than Michael Jordan? Jim Thorpe? Michael Phelps? Pele?

Discuss.

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31.

Shannon    

Someone deflate his head....NOW....before it explodes.

702 days ago
32.

Toilethead    

Try the biggest horse's ass that ever lived.

702 days ago
33.

mojo    

I'm with Max on this one, Kelly Slater. Best ever. Period.

702 days ago
34.

South Beach    

He's a hugely talented runner, no doubt, this year, perhaps for many years to come. But that has not been decided.

The test of time is what it takes to make it into the supernova category, and honey, you're just not there yet. Let's talk in 10 years if you want to compare yourself to the likes of Jordan, Thorpe, Pele or even Phelps.

At this point, we're not going to remember your name next week.

702 days ago
35.

laffnbear    

I am sure he believes he is. I don't. Like many things it depends on the criteria. He can run fast, can he swim? For that matter, can Phelps run?

Bottom line I will see when this braggard is fifty, pot bellied and hard of hearing. Then see how he fares.

702 days ago
36.

spartacus    

Jesse Owens had class. Bolt is an idiot.

702 days ago
37.

tellemlikeitis    

First of all he is the greatest athlete ever to live I back that up. you americans are just self centered, badmind , jealous and just disgusting cuz u are too immature to admit the fact that someone who comes from a country other than the usa with impeccable talent is considered THE BEST to ever run the 100m and 200m. It is very ignorant of u to compare a track and field athlete to a swimming, basketball, boxing and football athlete etc. The moment u guys begin to admit the fact that the usa is just like any other country on the earth u will begin to shine........... 123 go Jamaica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

702 days ago
38.

jag    

you know what, no one comes on TMZ for actual news, stick to following celebrities and don't spoil tonights' live airings for those of us who have real jobs and can't sit around watching the internet all day. Oh yeah and to the ******* that says don't bitch about spoilers. For the amount of time it took you to write that sentence you could have put in the headline Spoiler Alert! You f u c k i n g
Jerkoff. Stick to what you are good at, and leave the actual news to real reporters!

702 days ago
39.

Majestik    

Did Usain win a Decathlon? If he keeps popping off like this they'll change his name to Insane Bolt.

702 days ago
40.

spartacus    

he will be forgotton in a year.

702 days ago
41.

ARTOFWAR    

...Greatness and brilliance need not humility. Humility, is the comfort medicine for those who have become too familiar with jealousy and failure.


Humility, is overrated indeed....Artofwar

702 days ago
42.

greenprarie    

Just like others, the steroids truth will come out. Usain is insane.

702 days ago
43.

Sabrina    

I just lost my respect for this man. Yes, he is a good athlete, but ranks in the bottom portion of the greatest of all time. Consider Jim Thorpe-- he won Olympic gold medals for pentathlon and decathlon, played collegiate and professional American football, and also played professional baseball and basketball. He can be called a great athlete, possessing both skill and versatility. Usain Bolt needs to get over himself.

702 days ago
44.

Elvira    

He's an arrogant idiot, He might be great for now in his field... but best athleate most definitly not. Their is no comparison to the legends in every sport as well as CLASS they all but him seem to possess.

702 days ago
45.

HRH Prince Michael    

@Laffinbear: "...Your insane drivel is lost on me..."
With the literary handle like "Laffinbear", all the time and energy in the world, would be lost on you.
Now, get back to your therapist quick.

702 days ago
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